Category: The Doctrines of Grace: Understanding the Heartbeat of the Gospel

Limited Atonement

Romans 8:30 states, “And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified [by Christ’s atoning blood], and those whom he justified he also glorified.” A central component to the gospel announcement is the death of Jesus Christ. The design of the gospel is meant to provoke—and grant—repentance and faith to sinners who cannot save themselves. The very first words out of the mouth of our Lord in the Gospel of Mark were, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15,...

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Reforming According to the Word of God for the Spread of the Gospel

Over the past six months, I’ve prayed extensively about the topic of the Doctrines of Grace. I prayed that this issue would be biblical, theological, practical, and equip our readers to understand the heartbeat of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. As this article is the last article you’ll read in this magazine before you flip over to the recommended books list, learn about who the writers are, and how to read more of our previous magazine issues, and while I have your attention, I want to write to speak to you directly. You see, I sincerely believe...

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The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Salvation: A Brief Overview of the Spirit’s Role in the Doctrines of Grace

When it comes to the place of the Holy Spirit within the doctrines of grace, or, as it is commonly called, the five points of Calvinism, He is usually relegated solely to irresistible grace. That is, His primary work is usually thought of only as drawing the unsaved sinner to Christ in such a way that they cannot, and do not want to, resist this working in their lives. While the role of the Holy Spirit in irresistible grace is clear, it needs to be equally clear that the working of the Holy Spirit extends throughout all of the...

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The Doctrine of Predestination

The Protestant Reformation was a movement in sixteenth-century Europe that sought to reform the Roman Catholic Church back to a Christ-exalting, gospel-believing, and Word-centered expression of the Christian faith.[i] However, the more the Scriptures shed light on the errors of the Church’s theology at the time, the greater the divide between Protestants and Catholics became. The cries for reform, however, didn’t begin in the sixteenth century. Many clergy were corrupt—living luxurious lives of rampant immorality and sexual promiscuity. Church positions were given to the highest bidder or to family members and widespread skepticism plagued the church due to its...

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Total Depravity: The Problem Defined and Solution Provided

Humanity has a problem. Turn on the news, listen to the radio, or take a quick glance at your favorite social media outlet and you will likely find a plethora of stories concerning the desperate plight of someone around the world. Why does the inhumanity of man towards one another take place? Why are we so unable to right the societal ship, to mend the wrongs of our world by our sheer effort or perhaps through a focused avalanche of governmental spending? Surely the combined will of the world can fix what is wrong…or can it? This is a...

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